"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
L. E. BLAKELEY, postmaster at Botkins, O., successor of his father, the late A. E. Blakeley, in this office, and also succeeding him as editor and owner of The Botkins Herald, one of the leading weekly newspapers of Shelby county, was born at Botkins, March 10, 1882, a son of A. E. and Emma (Cochlin) Blakeley.
A. E. Blakeley was born at Botkins when it was little more than a village, June 25, 1856, and was a son of John and Elizabeth (Elliott) Blakeley, the former of whom was from Pennsylvania and one of the pioneer settlers in this part of Shelby county. John Blakeley followed farming but later retired and lives at Botkins, one of its oldest residents, being now in his ninetieth year. A. E. Blakeley was reared on a farm, later taught school, and then went into the newspaper business, first at Sidney, in 1898 coming to Botkins, where he established The Botkins Herald and had made it a leading organ of his party before his death, which occurred in January, 1912.
L. E. Blakeley was reared and educated at Botkins and after completing the high-school course entered his father's newspaper office and continued in this connection, succeeding to his father's interests and responsibilities as above mentioned. In April, 1912, he became postmaster, having received the highest grade at the civil service examination, thereby gaming the office. Mr. Blakely married Miss Ollie Giams, daughter of A. P. Giams, of Botkins, and they have one child, Geraldine. Mr. Blakeley is a member of the Botkins school board, and fraternally is identified with the Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World.